George Whitefield, with his booming voice and theatrical style, preached to tens of thousands of eager listeners at a time—often out in the fresh, open air rather than in a more ecclesiastical setting. Whitefield was arguably the most influential evangelist of the eighteenth century. In The Works of the Reverend George Whitefield, hundreds of letters and journal entries illuminate Whitefield’s character and his earnest desire to bring all he encountered to Christ.
Highly influential both in the beginnings of the Methodist Church and as a key figure in the Great Revival, Whitefield affected thousands with his passion for evangelism, and his life story and writings continue to inspire and challenge today. The volumes included in The Works of the Reverend George Whitefield are, in digital form, more accessible than ever. In the Logos edition of Works, Whitefield’s Scripture references are instantly viewable, and his hundreds of correspondences are searchable with a single click.
Reading the life of such a great saint—this Christ-loving, gospel-centered minister—has served to rekindle my passion for the gospel and rejuvenate the love of God in my soul more than once.
George Whitefield (1714–1770) was born in Gloucester, England. The son of a poor widow, he went on to study at Oxford, where he met Charles and John Wesley. The Wesley brothers were part of the campus’ so-called “Holy Club,” which Whitefield joined and by which he was deeply influenced, eventually becoming club president. He became a traveling evangelist, and his passion for theater and public speaking, as well as his booming voice and fondness for open-air venues, made him increasingly popular. Known for his theatrical delivery, he believed in preaching without notes in order to allow the Holy Spirit to guide his speaking. In 1738, he came to America the first of seven times. During this first trip, he founded the Bethseda orphanage just outside of Savannah, GA. Throughout his life, he toured all over New England, England, Scotland, and Wales, preaching to crowds of up to tens of thousands at a time and fueling the Great Awakening and the early Methodist Church.